Wednesday, October 28, 2015

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

#HandcraftedEdibles2015: Tipsy Cherries

These "adult" chocolate covered cherries are a tradition at our house, brought to any adult Christmas gathering.  They are super simple to make, but require a bit of time soaking in the vodka goodness, so this is a fabulous time to get started on them!

I hope you are getting a lot of ideas for Christmas goodies to give to others for the holiday.  We are having a great time posting these ideas for you!


These are easy to make, they just need some time in order to soak up the alcohol.

Tipsy Cherries
1 jar maraschino cherries with stems
1 bottle cherry vodka
1 lb favorite melting chocolate (Godiva dark is awesome!)

Drain cherry juice from the cherries in the jar. Refill the jar with the cherry vodka. Let rest for 5 days up to 6 weeks.

Drain vodka from the jar. Place cherries on several paper towels to dry, but do not squeeze. 

Melt chocolate in microwave, at one minute intervals, stirring between minutes. Dip cherries by their stem into the chocolate. Set on paper towels to harden.  Sometimes the stems are fragile, so take care!

Definitely NOT for children!

We usually wrap these up in a small tupperware type container, lined with paper towels to absorb whatever goodness might leak out.  They are a great hostess gift for a cocktail party!


In an effort to make all of her holiday gifts this year, Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla invited some of her favorite foodie bloggers to share recipes for hand-crafted edibles. Over the course of twelve weeks, we'll be sharing recipes from adorable jarred gifts (last week's theme) to cookie platters and everything in between. Hope you'll follow along for inspiration. You can find out more information, including the schedule: here.

This week, we're continuing our homemade libations - here's the first installment that kicked off the series,  Libations, Part I - and here we are at Part II.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Christmas Book Review

Each year at the holidays I love to read books that are about Christmas.  This year, I have started early as I did a few book reviews and they needed their reviews done!  I am so excited to share with you this first book that I read earlier this month called Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes by  Joanne Demaio.  Have you heard of her?  I hadn't until I read this book, but she does write a lot of holiday books and this one was really good!




This book quickly gets you into the holiday spirit with wonderful descriptions of a New England Christmas.  The book takes a sad turn when you learn that one of the main characters, Derek, lost his daughter in an awful accident during Christmas several years ago.  In comes Vera, a journalist who finds herself longing to settle down in the small Connecticut town where she grew up. She buys a stately old home (in need of a lot of updates) that overlooks Addison Cove. 

Derek's family owns a hardware store in Addison, and he begins doing repairs on Vera’s home. Derek  struggles his painful loss.  With most of the story taking place in the weeks leading up to Christmas, this is a warm and fuzzy story that’s full of inviting holiday details.  How the Coffee Cakes comes in, well, y
ou'll have to purchase the book yourself if you wish to learn more!

This book delivers on the holiday spirit!  

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

#HandcraftedEdibles2015 Confetti Bean Soup

The bean soup craze that started the jarred mix craze was the Confetti Bean Soup.  My husband and I gave away tons of these jarred soup mixes.  Our favorite is this Confetti Bean Soup by Organized Christmas.



Confetti Bean Soup Recipe

1 bag red lentils
1 bag black beans
1 bag baby lima beans
1 bag great northern white beans
1 bag pinto beans
10 T Italian Seasoning (see my homemade mix here)
5 bouillion cubes
5 bay leaves
5 mason jars, pint sized, with lids and rings

Make sure your canning jars are clean and dry.  2.  Toss all the beans together (you can layer them if you wish).  Divide into 5 jars.  Add 1 bay leaf and 1 bouillion cube and 2 T of Italian Seasoning to each jar.  Seal jars.



You can get free Christmas gift tag labels by going to their site here and downloading and printing them.

Follow directions on the label to make soup.  You can add a box of cornbread and a wooden spoon in a basket for a full meal!

In an effort to make all of her holiday gifts this year, Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla invited some of her favorite foodie bloggers to share recipes for hand-crated edibles. Over the course of the next twelve weeks, we'll be sharing recipes from homemade spice blends (last week's theme) to charcuterie trays and everything in between. Hope you'll follow along for inspiration. You can find out more information, including the schedule: here.

This week, we're sharing our favorite jarred mixes. Think jarred soup mixes or bread mixes. I am a sucker for anything in a mason jar. How about you?

Thanks to these gals and their Magnificent Mason Jarred Gifts!
Next week, check back for our recipes for our second week focused on libations. Or check out our #handcraftededibles pinterest board.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

#HandcraftedEdible Christmas Gifts: Sugarfree Hot Cocoa

Thank you for joining us for week 3 of #HandcraftedEdibles2015! This week, we're sharing our favorite special diets creations. They might be gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, or sugar-free.

In the winter I drink gallons of hot chocolate, so for those inbetween-special times, I need to use a sugar free, fat free alternative.  This hot chocolate mix fits the bill!



Sugar Free Fat Free Hot Chocolate Mix
by Terri Steffes
Prep Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients (18 servings)
  • 3 c dry nonfat powdered milk
  • 1 c Slenda
  • 3/4 c cocoa
  • 1 small package of sugar free fat free chocolate pudding mix
Instructions
Mix together. Process in food processor to refine the milk powder. To make: use 1/4 c mix with 8 oz (or more) hot water. Store in an air tight container.
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You can download this free holiday tag with your hot cocoa gift!  It gives those who need to know what the caloric intake, protein, carbs and fat is in each cup.


In an effort to make all of her holiday gifts this year, Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla invited some of her favorite foodie bloggers to share recipes for hand-crated edibles. Over the course of the next twelve weeks, we'll be sharing recipes from homemade spice blends (last week's theme) to charcuterie trays and everything in between. Hope you'll follow along for inspiration. You can find out more information, including the schedule: here.


In an effort to make all of her holiday gifts this year, Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla invited some of her favorite foodie bloggers to share recipes for hand-crated edibles. Over the course of the next twelve weeks, we'll be sharing recipes from homemade spice blends (last week's theme) to charcuterie trays and everything in between. Hope you'll follow along for inspiration. You can find out more information, including the schedule: here.
Thanks to these gals and their Special Diets Creations!


  • Nichole, the Cookaholic Wife, is making a Paleo Caramel Sauce



    • Tuesday, October 6, 2015

      #HandcraftedEdible Christmas Gifts-Seasonings

      The second in this series of edible Christmas gifts is seasonings.  Such a practical and inexpensive gift!  I use as much homegrown herbs as possible.  This year I didn't dry many herbs, I froze most of them, so I will be purchasing these herbs in mass quantities.


      Last year I made a seasoning mix and put it into plastic ornaments that I found at Michael's  Totally cute hanging on the tree, but I found that the spice mix clung to the plastic and was hard to remove. This year I am using the squatty Mason jars with the wide mouth.  Super cute and easy to remove the spices!

      I chose to make Italian Spice Blend and Italian Seasoned Salt this year.  Here's why:  you can make the same batch of Italian Spice Blend, divide it in half, add 1/2 c kosher salt, and you now have two gifts!



      After processing.
      To make this gift extra special, download this cute Christmas gift tag!  Print on cardstock and cut out.  Punch a hole in the top and thread ribbon, yarn, twine or other material through.  Tie onto your spice container.  Ready for gift giving!




      In an effort to make all of her holiday gifts this year, Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla invited some of her favorite foodie bloggers to share recipes for hand-crated edibles. Over the course of the next twelve weeks, we'll be sharing recipes from libations (last week's theme) to cookie platters. Hope you'll follow along for inspiration.

      Thanks to these gals and their sensational spice blends!




      • Rebekah from Making Miracles shares an Apple Pie Spice Mix


      • Lauren at Sew You Think You Can Cook inspires some tasty tacos with her homemade Taco Seasoning


      • Terri at Christmas Tree Lane heads to the Mediterranean with her Italian Spice Blend.

      • Next week, check back for our recipes for special diets; dishes that may be gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, soy-free, or nut-free. Or check out our #handcraftededibles pinterest board.